Summary: What can lead to your fall from grace
THE FALL OF MAN
Genesis 3 :1-10
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
It is not everybody that can fall; it is a special privilege for those who are important and standing. If you are not standing it is not possible for you to ever fall. As the popular saying goes that he that is on the ground need not fear falling. However that is not to say that the ground position is good and desirable.
Those who are on the ground or in a falling position suffer all kinds of degradation and embarrassment. If you had ever lived in multiple storey apartments and you are on the ground floor you’ll suffer a lot of things more that you are enjoying. Some may drop water on your head just to punish you or by accident. Any fluid or dirt that comes down from upper floor land in front of your flat and your complaints is disregarded. The sewage system of upper floors run down through your flat to reach its destination and when there is a burst of pipe your health is at great risk. Whenever the bad boys decide to visit it is to your flat they come first while the upper floor dwellers might still have the opportunity to call the police to their rescue.
It is therefore a sense of pride to the human race that man can fall and indeed fell from grace. The other creatures that God made cannot fall because they are never standing; the Creator put them under the control of man forever. Look at the world history and find out how many unimportant people experience a fall. Great men and women fall the poor are already falling. The hope for the poor is to experience a rise that would make him stands but the fear of the great is that he might fall some day.
If we all knew that there is a possibility of falling we would have been more careful with our lives and how we relate with people around us. The Bible also have warned that he that is standing must take heed to avoid falling on his own or been pushed down. There are so many forces; gravitational and centrifugal wagging great wars on anyone found standing.
Who is down? A sinner is down on the ground because he or she does not know God. For us to rise at all we must be in contact with the one called the Most High God. A sinner sees nothing wrong with sinning; to him it was natural to do those things that are not convenient as if they were.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Rm.1:28
And when a sinner sins people around him do not feel that he has done anything extra-ordinarily wrong or strange but when a saint sins the whole world will stand up against him because he has done something strange. Often we do hear people say to a Christian involved in a brawl: but you say you are a Christian?